Massachusetts has announced $15.5 million of new funding to support alternative fuel vehicles and related infrastructure. The investment, which includes $11.7 million in Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality funds from the US DOT, will be split among several programs, including an electric school bus pilot.
The first phase of the Massachusetts Electric Vehicle Incentive Program (MassEVIP) consists of $555,000 in grants, which were awarded to 20 cities for the acquisition of 47 EVs and the installation of 17 dual-head charging stations. Under the second phase, up to $7,500 per EV and up to $15,000 per public charging station will be available to eligible entities, which include municipalities, state agencies, car-share companies, and public universities.
Working in partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative’s EV V2G School Bus Demonstration, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) will provide $1.8 million in grants for eight electric school buses with vehicle-to-grid capability, which will be able to serve as backup energy resources during natural disasters.
“Electric vehicles are a priority as we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and meet the aggressive emission reductions set under the Global Warming Solution Act,” said Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. “The transportation sector accounts for roughly one-third of the greenhouse gases emitted in Massachusetts, so the deployment of more electric-battery and plug-in hybrid vehicles is an important step toward helping the Commonwealth achieve our ambitious goals.”
“These investments signify the ongoing support of sustainable transportation initiatives at all levels of government,” said David Mohler, MassDOT’s Deputy Secretary for Policy. “Our partners within the Patrick Administration, in the federal government and at the local level are making great strides to increase the use of alternative fuel vehicles in accordance with our GreenDOT policy to reduce emissions, promote healthy transportation, and support smart growth.”